Holiday Cookies 2014

December 17, 2014 · 3 comments


We’ve finished!  This year my partner David and my daughter Julia and I baked around 70 dozen of 11 different kinds of cookies to give to our family and friends.  Today boxes of these cookie tins are headed to their destinations all over the country, and we’ll hand deliver many more over the next few days.  This annual baking ritual is a little crazy (we’re tired), but it feels worth the effort to give something we’ve made with our own hands –especially after it’s all done.

Wherever you are this year, we hope your Holidays are sweet. [click to continue…]


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